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Working Towards Worlds Quarterfinals

Ricky Birdwell

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Teams are now preparing to face off in the quarterfinals starting today at the League of Legends 2018 World Championships in Busan, Korea.

 

Matchups have already been decided, and teams have been getting ready for their five match long series to secure their places in the semifinals.

 

Beginning today, KT Rolster will battle Invictus Gaming. On Oct. 20, Royal Never Give Up (RNG) will be facing off against G2 Esports. RNG winning is highly anticipated, as they seem to be the tournament favorite this year and look like the strongest team at Worlds this year, according to many viewers and analysts. The Afreeca Freecs will be facing off against Cloud9. On Oct. 21, Edward Gaming will challenge Fnatic in the last game before semifinals begin.

 

After quarterfinals, the winners will duke it out in the semifinals, which are being held in Gwangju, Korea on Oct. 27 and 28. and finals are taking place in Incheon, Korea on Nov. 3.

 

Teams originating in the eastern hemisphere, mainly Korea, have always been feared as they seemingly have the best players. Fans never expect much from western teams at Worlds, but this year they seem optimistic.

 

With the end of the group stage, the only North American team to make it out of their group was Cloud9. There are four teams in four groups, and only two teams are able to make it out of each group.

 

Cloud9 was put in what many fans called the “death group” due to having multiple incredibly strong teams. There was the Chinese team, Royal Never Give Up (RNG). There was also Korean team, Gen.G, formerly named Samsung Galaxy at the 2017 World Championship, which they were the world champions of.

 

Despite the odds, Cloud9 came out of the group in second place, with RNG in first. Both teams will advance to the quarterfinals. European team Vitality took third, and Gen.G came in last, neither team will be advancing.

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Working Towards Worlds Quarterfinals